Kāwili La'au = a blend of healing plants
The initial seeds of The Kāwili Project were planted over five years ago while we were creating botanical treatments for the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kona. Working closely with Island plants , we were imbued with a sense that they had something valuable to teach us. And a desire to listen to the stories in their scents began to grow...
We sought out those that carried this plant wisdom, and were deeply inspired by local farmers, traditional healers and Hawai'ian Elders from all the Islands. We were guided by the late La’au Lapa’au Elder Aunty Alapa’i Kahu’ena in Oahu who, for us, embodied the aloha spirit in her work to preserve traditional plant knowledge and culture in her community.
Immersed in the elements of the Islands, we created a collection of Kāwili botanical scents with organic essential oils and extracts to celebrate their beauty -- LA = Hawai'ian sunshine; AHE = Island breeze; NIU = Coconut trees; PUA = Hawai'ian blossoms; and NALU = Ocean waves.
Since then, The Kāwili Project has organically grown to offer a full range of botanical hair and body care. In our continued partnership with the Four Seasons, we are honored to have designed a refillable in-suite bottle program that eliminates the use of over 100,000 plastic amenity bottles annually in Kona.
We hope that the plant extracts and oils in the Kāwili blends will touch you with the Island spirit of aloha ‘aina—a loving respect for yourself and nature-- as much as they do us.